Over 2 million children in America have a mother or father in jail or prison. These children have committed no crime but often experience emotional and societal challenges as a result. Rona and guests, Nell Bernstein, author of All Alone in the World: Children of the Incarcerated, and Karen Shain, Co-Director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, will discuss how we can respond to the needs of children who have a parent in prison. Guests: Nell Bernstein is an award-winning journalist...
Good nutrition is an essential ingredient to a lifetime of good health. How can we teach healthy eating habits, and what can we do to ensure that our kids eat well at school and at home? Guests: Dr. Dan Delgado, Pediatrician and Director of the Pediatric Healthy Lifestyle Center for Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System, and Kelly Robinson, consultant for nutrition and healthy eating programs with Alameda County and California Nutrition Network.
Anyone who has seen a child covered in finger paint knows that art is an amazing amount of fun. But, engaging children in art also nurtures creativity, imagination, self-esteem and holistic development. Art allows kids a chance to express themselves, connect to their cultural histories and personal stories as well as facilitate learning in other areas. Join Rona and guest, Renee Saulnier, an art studio teacher at a Reggio inspired art studio, and Augusta Talbot, an artist and kindergarten art...
Senior Producer Felsha Zuschlag talks to parents at Lake Merritt in Oakland about managing stress during the holidays. This segment originally aired on the November 20, 2011 episode of Childhood Matters titled "Reducing Stress, Yelling Less." Topics: stress, yelling, mindfulness, meditating, holidays, tense, calm, emotions, control, anxious,...
Lorenzo Plazola, Jr., our associate producer, spoke with a couple of parents in Berkeley's Habitot Children's Museum about how they balance their family life, work life, and personal outlets. Topics: balance, communication, activities, incorporate, outdoors, outgoing, family, life, work, methods
Associate Producer Lorenzo Plazola, Jr. is at Lotus Bloom in Oakland chatting with some mothers about how they discipline their children. Topics: discipline, patience, behavior, tantrums, communication, time out
Associate Producer Lorenzo Plazola, Jr. chats with a couple of parents about the role of music in their children's lives. Topics: music, rhythm, development, learning, talent, benefits, exposure, reasoning
Associate Producer Lorenzo Plazola, Jr. asks the 6th graders from Meena Srinivasan's class what they like about mindfulness and how it benefits them. Topics: mindfulness, homework, education, relief, stress, meditation, breathing, relax
Associate producer Lorenzo Plazola, Jr. talked with Denise Pope, senior lecturer at Stanford University and co-founder of Challenge Success, about academic achievement and assignment workload. Topics: homework, stress, assignments, academic achievement, high school, elementary, middle school,...
Associate Producer Lorenzo Plazola, Jr. chats with a couple of guys about growing up as a boy and about society rules for males. Topics: health, men, awareness, boys, tough, risk, society, rules, stereotypes
There have been many news stories of tragic suicides, beatings, and taunting between youths because of homophobic attitudes. Everyone can do something to protect children and work to stop bullying; all parents and teachers have this responsibility. Join us as we discuss raising compassionate and kind children, and share some personal experiences. Guests: - Amy Scharf, the former national program director for GroundSparkâs Respect for All Project. - Kirya Traber is a nationally awarded spoken... Topics: LGBTQ, tolerance, bullying, discrimination, perseverance, homophobia, education, civil rights,...
What fuels your toddler's tantrums or causes your four-year-old to want not to go to school? Understanding behavior is a key ingredient to effective and respectful discipline. Nurse Rona and guests will discuss some of the underlying meanings of behaviors and ways to respond. Join us with your questions and challenges: — Julie Kurtz, chief deputy director at FIRST 5 Santa Clara County. — Dr. Intisar Shareef, department co-chair and professor in the Early Childhood Education Department at... Topics: toddlers, behavior, temperament, tantrums, understanding, discipline
Asthma and allergies can cause significant disruptions in the health of your family. Understanding what some of the triggers are and how to prevent issues can make a world of difference! Join Nurse Rona and guests as they discuss asthma and allergies. - Natalia Kushnir, MD, is the medical director for the Breathmobile in Oakland, CA. Topics: allergies, asthma, pollution, mold, causes, prevention, hereditary, disease, dust mites, seasonal,...
Research has shown that parental involvement produces measurable gains in student achievement. Sometimes schools don't know how to engage with parents, supporting their desire to help their children. Other times parents simply don't understand the importance of their influence. Join Nurse Rona and guests as they discuss the many ways parents can encourage a successful school experience. - Jairo Guiza, is the training director at PLAN. - Carol Kocivar, the newly appointed president of the... Topics: education, parent involvement, school, resources, communication, success, acheivement
New ways to connect to technology are emerging every day. Devices like smart phones and iPads are making it easier than ever for children to access video games, social networks, and more. What precautions should families keep in mind when setting guidelines for technology use? How can we keep kids safe and connected to the ârealâ world? Join Nurse Rona and guests as they discuss the challenges and benefits of living and growing up in a plugged-in nation. - Jason Brand, LCSW, founder of... Topics: internet, safety, video games, cell phone, smart phones, games, applications, guidelines, limits,...
It is undeniable that dads play a critical role in their kids' lives. The connection between a dad and his child is one that affects a child's well-being and development. Despite the multitude of ways to be a father, many fathers feel that they have few examples of how to actually be involved. Join guest host Dr. Will Courtenay, of PostPartumMen.com and guests, Niinana Kweku, Manager of Male Services at Brighter Beginnings, and Eric Reynolds, a facilitator of father support groups for Bananas,...
Many scientists attribute the sharp increase in birth defects, cancer, and asthma in small children to environmental health threats. In addition to the fact that their nervous, respiratory, reproductive, and immune systems are still developing, during childhood, little bodies are taking in a greater ratio of food, water, and air than the rest of us. Join Rona and guests as they discuss what you need to know to reduce the exposure of children to toxins such as lead, pesticides, and Phthalates.
Community violence is a reality that affects most communities. Whether children directly experience violence or they are unfortunate witnesses, the trauma of violence in our communities has immense implications on the lives of young people. Join Rona and guests Michael Pritchard, a youth counselor who uses his experience as a comedian to inspire youth, and Sandra Sanders-West, Neighborhood Services Coordinator for the Oakland Police Department, as they address the effects of violence on...
New moms aren't the only ones who get the baby blues and need attention. Some men suffer from anxiety, depression and mood swings after the birth of a child. Yet few people, including health care providers, realize that postpartum depression effects anywhere from 10 to 25% of new fathers. Many men find themselves feeling isolated and lonely after the birth of their baby, and their needs often go unnoticed. Join Rona and guest Dr. Will Courtenay, a psychotherapist and the creator of...
Whether hopping in the car to drive up the road to grandma's house or getting on a plane to travel across country, traveling with kids can be daunting. Taking children away from their comfortable environments and structure can be nerve- wracking. However, thoughtful planning and useful tips can make traveling with children… actually vacation. Join Rona and guests, Shelly Rivoli, author of Travels with Baby, and Dr. Peggy Desler, a pediatric physician at Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical...
As a parent, you work hard to provide for your child's safe and healthy development. Whether you're facing the possible foreclosure of your house, or the mold in your rented home is aggravating your child's asthma, it's important to understand your family's legal rights. Guests: Paul Cohen, Esq., Executive Director of Legal Aid of Marin, and Maria Rivera, Esq., Immigration Lawyer.
The end of the year presents parents with the opportunity to reflect on their hopes for their family's future. Join Rona and guest, Niinana Kweku, Manager of Male Services at Brighter Beginnings (formerly The Perinatal Council) in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties and Executive Director of The Anger-Free Counseling Center, Roberta Seifert, PhD, licensed psychologist, and your calls for a discussion of parenting reflections and resolutions.
Holiday celebrations usually include food, from cookies to roast turkeys, pumpkin pies to green bean casseroles. We can do a lot to ensure that our families are eating well and enjoying the food they eat, from simple creative recipes to ideas on how to include children in the preparation of food. Guests: Ken Harris, Executive Chef and Co-Founder of Chefables, and Dorothy Whittenburg, personal chef and caterer (www.blissfulkitchen.com).
There are many factors that contribute to the way we raise and interact with our children, including our cultural background and experience of the world. Guests: Alisi Fineasi, Ravenswood City School District Pacific Island Parent Specialist, and La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson, author, health educator, and CEO of BARUTI Enterprises.
In the winter months we're reminded to bundle up and keep our families warm. But is there anything else parents can do to prevent the flu? How do you know if your child's trouble breathing is an indicator of asthma? Guests: Catherine Albin, MD, Chief of Pediatric Services at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center, and Donna Kaufman, RN, MPA, Program Manager of the Contra Costa Health Plan Asthma Program
A key aspect of school readiness is making sure your child is healthy. Call in to learn more about your child's medical conditions and what you can do to help keep your kids healthy throughout the year. Guests: Steve Harris, MD, Chairman of Pediatrics at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and Lauren Feder, MD, physician and author of Natural Baby and Childcare: Practical Medical Advice and Holistic Wisdom for Raising Healthy Children.
The stories we read and write with our children are the basis for their understanding of language, community and the world. Guests: Uma Krishnaswami, award-winning author and co-director of the Bisti Writing Project, and Ambre Tousley, teacher and coordinator of F.L.A.G.Ship, a family literacy mobile preschool in Marin County.
Earthquakes and other natural disasters can occur without warning and put your family at risk. Guests: Âna-Marie Jones, Executive Director of CARD: Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters, and Dr. Stanley Greenspan, child psychiatrist, professor, and author of The Secure Child: Helping Our Children Feel Safe and Confident in a Changing World.
When parents are involved in their children's education, everyone benefits - from the children, to the schools, to the community. Follow up on Part 1 of our series. Guests: Isabel Toscano of the East Bay Asian Youth Center, and Hydra Mendoza, the San Francisco Mayor's Education Advisor.
How do we reduce family violence and respond to the effects of family and community violence on young children? Guests: Elizabeth Bremer, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Family Support Program Manager at Parental Stress Service, Inc., and Antonio Ramirez, director of both POCOVI, a program for batterers in the Bay Area, and CECEVIM, a firm dedicated to culturally appropriate models of violence intervention.
New friends, new teachers, new school; no wonder the transition to middle school can feel overwhelming for both pre-teens and their families. Guests: Claire Goss, Coordinator of Student Support Services for San Mateo County Office of Education, Joe Connolly, co- founder of goodparents, inc., and Alex Stikeleather, teenage co-author of Middle School: How to Deal.
Combine a houseful of relatives, high expectations and cranky kids, and you have a recipe for holiday stress. Rona and guests Stacy Castle, director of the STAR Parenting Department of the YWCA of Silicon Valley, and Marcus Small, Clinical Director of the Coordinated Youth Services Council of Marin, discuss ways to discipline without yelling.
The doctor is in! Rona and Dr. Deborah Gould, Chief of Pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, answer your questions about access to health care, your child's well being, community resources, winter illnesses and more.
Childhood Matters celebrates our second anniversary on the air by celebrating the people who made us a success - our wonderful listeners. Rona and two of our favorite parents, Kisha Grove and James Ricks, welcome your calls.
Children are forever pushing boundaries -- and their parents' "hot" buttons. Rona and guests Patty Wipfler of the Parents Leadership Institute and Stan Seiderman, director of the Fairfax-San Anselmo Children's Center, describe effective ways to set limits with love.
Having a baby may be thrilling and rewarding, but it's also life-changing, stressful and overwhelming. Rona and her guests Dr. Shoshana Bennett, co-author of the book Beyond The Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Postpartum and Prenatal Depression, and David Klinker, advocate for husbands of postpartum depression survivors, discuss the impact of the "baby blues" on the entire family.
Are you concerned about your child's weight and health? Rona and her guests, Mollie Katzen, author of the bestselling Moosewood Cookbook as well as two cookbooks for children, Pretend Soup and Honest Pretzels, and Dr. Daniel Delgado, coordinator of the Lifestyle Modification Clinic at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, discuss ways to help both parents and kids eat more nutritiously.
Tune in as Rona and her guests discuss sleep patterns and helpful strategies for getting little ones to sleep. Guests: Jane Anderson, clinical professor and Acting Chief of Pediatrics at the UCSF/Mount Zion Medical Center in San Francisco; T. Berry Brazelton, creator of the best-selling Touchpoints books, video and outreach program and the author of Sleep: The Brazelton Way.
Health care coverage is a growing expense for families everywhere. Learn about Bay Area programs that expand access to health care for low-and moderate-income families. Guests: Dr. Stephen Harris of the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and Dr. Francisco J. Ramos-Gomez of the School of Dentistry of the University of California, San Francisco.
Want to plan fun, local, inexpensive, educational, creative and eye-opening things to do with your kids this summer? Learn about the many resources that exist in the Bay Area for families and children. Guest: Elina Wong, author of Kids' Adventures Around San Francisco Bay: Educational Places to Go, Things to Do and Classes to Take.
Every parent brings a set of beliefs, traditions, values and practices to the experience of raising children, influenced by the ethnic heritage and culture in which the parent has grown. Guests: Janee Edwards, Program Director for the Black Infant Health Improvement Project for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Dana Pepp, LCSW, School Readiness Coordinator from First 5 Marin.
What can parents do to help prevent child sexual abuse? Guests: Ginni Ring, MSW, MDiv, Executive Director of the Child Abuse and Listening, Interviewing, and Coordination Center (CALICO), in Alameda County. Maria Ramirez, MA, has worked with Community Violence Solutions of Marin and Contra Costa counties.
Choosing gifts that are meaningful and educational for children during the holidays can be a challenge for parents. Guests: Stephanne Auerbach, known as Dr. Toy, researches and reviews children's products. Susan Marchant, MA, CCLS, is the Manager of Child Life Services and Education at Children's Hospital and Research Center, Oakland.
Do you have questions about your child's health or development? Guest pediatrician is Al Goldberg, MD who has a private pediatric practice in San Rafael, and serves on the pediatric staff of Marin General Hospital.
Parents can make every day special by creating simple rituals around even the smallest daily event. Guests, Meg Cox is an author and journalist. Her latest book is the Book of New Family Traditions. Keith Burrell is a Marriage and Family Therapist working with children and families with Bay Area Community Resources (BACR).
Interracial marriages in the US have doubled between 1990 and 2000, and the children of these couples are the fastest growing segment of the population. Guests: Donna Jackson Nakazawa author of Does Anybody Else Look Like Me?: A Parent's Guide to Raising Multiracial Children. Stephen Anderson is a counselor and social worker for Alameda County Social Services Agency.
An African American infant born today is more than twice as likely to die within the first year of life as a white infant. Guests: Jenee Edwards, Coordinator of the Black Infant Health Project (BIH) in San Francisco. Dr. Carol Miller, Director of the Well-Baby Nursery and a Professor of Pediatrics at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.
Access to health care means that it is available, accessible, and affordable. Access to health care also implies access to appropriate health care, including prenatal care, preventive care, emergency services, and comprehensive health services. Guests: Juanita M. Dimas, PhD,Toms A. Magaa, MD